Tips for being a dad?

Tuff Gong

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Imagine if he had kids, earthquake hits Christchurch, he legs it in fear, his kids, trapped in rubble, see him fleeing "daddy, help us" they scream in pain, he looks over his shoulder and yells "I told you to get to sleep"
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Squire

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The reading tip is good. My mother read to us every night when we were kids and then when we were older she'd give us a pound to read a book and write a short review. I negotiated £3 for Lord of the Rings :lol:

Stories are great for kids' imaginations and if you grow up loving reading for its own sake you're going to be way ahead of the other kids (who didn't grow up with books around them) in English. By that point you don't even have to actually be intelligent, just use plenty of long words and give the impression you are

On discipline; always follow through with threats. My mum was a bit soft with us at times but if I was in trouble and my dad told me I wasn't getting any pocket money that week then I wouldn't be. With my mum I could be a bit of a dick one moment, but then if I was well behaved and said sorry later then everything would be forgotten.
 

mandela

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Not read the thread but during birth DO NOT look down there, man. When my kid was crowning the midwife asked if I wanted to see, ignorance and haze got the better me and I did. Just don't do it.

Other than that, things come naturally. Just don't be a lazy parent. Most bad parents are actually just lazy. Those who don't put the effort in teaching, reading, explaining, etc. It's all a massive process and not doing a part of it will lead to problems down the line.

If you ever have to lift a hand to a kid you've failed and if you ever find yourself saying "my parents spanked me and it didn't do me any harm"...as you assault your own kid then you should kill yourself.

Laziness works the other way too though, picking the kid up everytime it cries or taking it into your bed and shit like that. That's not 'i just love it too much' it's fucking laziness and taking the easy route.
 
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I don't think this thread adequately discusses that kids are, in fact, assholes. They get a pass for being cute? Great logic there.
 
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Not read the thread but during birth DO NOT look down there, man. When my kid was crowning the midwife asked if I wanted to see, ignorance and haze got the better me and I did. Just don't do it.

Other than that, things come naturally. Just don't be a lazy parent. Most bad parents are actually just lazy. Those who don't put the effort in teaching, reading, explaining, etc. It's all a massive process and not doing a part of it will lead to problems down the line.

If you ever have to lift a hand to a kid you've failed and if you ever find yourself saying "my parents spanked me and it didn't do me any harm"...as you assault your own kid then you should kill yourself.

Laziness works the other way too though, picking the kid up everytime it cries or taking it into your bed and shit like that. That's not 'i just love it too much' it's fucking laziness and taking the easy route.
Wow, this is actually fucking spot on, I've only just become a Dad 3 months ago, so i cant go preaching how to be a decent Dad myself, but people around me who you might say aren't doing a particularly good job are definitely just lazy for the most part.

My wife's little brother who is 7 is on his computer all day, and I mean all fucking day playing mine craft, it keeps him busy and quiet, and her mum isn't a bad perant by any means, but a 7 year old shouldn't be playing that amount of time on a game like that, poor fucker doesn't go to the park, play football, go swimming, nothing, he goes to school and comes home and sits on that computer playing that game, because it's easy for her, his xmas present this year was some kind of virtual money or items or something and he was over the moon with it, it just doesn't sit right with me for a 7 year old to do that.
 
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Right so me and the wife are expecting our first child, a son, at the end of January which is soon coming around! I'm obviously really excited but pretty unsure as to what I should actually be doing when he arrives. Are there any respectable fathers out there amongst you animals that can give me any tips that will be useful for the actual birth or when he's finally here? What to do or not to do etc..

Many thanks in advance for any helpful advice!
Some advice on the night feeds or getting up to put the baby's dummy back in is your will power to pretend you're asleep, she will cave before you every time. Just keep your eyes closed, she will do the rest.
 
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Don't be one of those parents who are condescending to people who don't have kids and say things like, ' you wouldn't understand, it's different when you have kids, you could only know if you had kids'....
 
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mandela

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One thing you'll notice is how little you actually care about other people.

Even now I can look at the missus or a parent and think 'I'd quite happily stab you in the neck if it meant protecting my kid'.

It's a completely different type of love.
 

DBerry

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Don't be one of those parents who are condescending to people who don't have kids and say things like, ' you wouldn't understand, it's different when you have kids, you could only know if you had kids'....
You don't have kids so shut it :bart
 

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When he he get's older,...and throughout the time he's under your roof, you show him who's the boss, or he'll show you who's the boss.
 
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I have one son. I wasnt at the birth but from some of the horror stories I have heard from friends be outside the room. Some of them have never been able to look at their wife in a sexual way again.

My mum is a maternity nanny for rich people. Biggest key is routine when your child is young. feed them at the same time at the same intervals. eg 6pm is feed, 6.30 is bath time, 7 is cuddles on the sofa and read to for 10 mins and then bed time. Will make your life so much easier. Final tip try and get your kid used to other people. stay with both sets of grandparents overnight at a relatively young age, stay at uncles and aunts and stuff. Gets your kid used to different environments and different people. leave the baby with your friends for a couple of hours at a weekend whilst you go for lunch. that all makes a child a little more independent and lessens the chances of headaches further down the road.

I actually think a few people have nailed it for when they are older. Bringing up kids isn't that complicated. Be consistent. No means no. Dont jump to their every need as it develops bad qualities in the child. My son fell over in a pub beer garden when he was maybe 2 or 3. I left him to pick himself up. He wasnt crying and it wasnt a bad fall. A random woman ran over to him to help him up. I guarantee her kids are a pain in the arse.

When my son (6) cries I know its because he has genuinely hurt himself and then comfort him. I know he isnt crying for attention or to get his own way. He never has meltdowns in public or at home because I have never rewarded that type of behaviour.

The reading tip is a great one. Read from a young age. Try and find things they love and encourage it. Encourage sport. My son actively resisted getting involved in little kickers football class when he was 3 or so. Stand on the sidelines and not get involved. But we persevered and his confidence grew and grew and know he loves it. Been great for his confidence and social skills. Basically do things with your child and get them doing things with other kids from a young age as it develops their social skills. Good luck.
 
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I don't have kids, but from my observations, after the first year or so the most important thing is:

DON'T LEAP TO ATTENTION EVERY TIME THE KID MAKES A NOISE!

I visited some friends of mine yesterday, and I had to GTFO after one hour because they're raising two spoiled, needy, annoying shithead kids. The older is 7, and for her entire life, every time she coughs or turns over in bed, the mother flies into her room asking what's wrong, does she want anything, telling the adults in the living room to quiet down, etc etc. And now they have two shithead kids who won't sleep if anyone is visiting the house, who DEMAND shit ALL the time, and who override their parents and run the house. And it is a fucking nightmare, even to visit for an hour.

Other friends of mine raised a kid where, if she cried for attention for no reason other than she wants attention, they wouldn't validate it. Now they have a kid who sleeps like a rock even if the house is full of drunk people, and who accepts that if she asks for some icecream or whatever and you say no - that's a no, that's not a cue to start whining until the nearest adult says "Fine, suit yourself, you can have some THIS time but this is a special treat, okay bubby?"

So that's some advice from a guy who doesn't have kids, but who observes how others raise THEIR kids. :lol:

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Don't be one of those parents who are condescending to people who don't have kids and say things like, ' you wouldn't understand, it's different when you have kids, you could only know if you had kids'....
I was actually hoping I could have twins so I could do that to all the other people that are just regular parents.
"You wouldn't understand, it's different when you have twins..."
 
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